raid the pantry.

about a month ago i went on our women’s church retreat and stayed at this swanky hotel with the most incredible amenities. one of my favorites was “raid the pantry” where the hotel would open up a hidden pantry in the lobby, from 10:30pm to 12:30, stocked full of all kinds of yummy food to satisfy their guests’ late night munchies – sandwiches, warm soup, pastries, fruit, potato chips and just about anything you might find in a vending machine. a pregnant girl’s dream come true if i’m being totally honest.


all i could think about while picking out my snacks was how much my kids would LOVE the whole concept. with summer right around the corner and the anticipation of kids that will inevitably be hungry and looking for snacks all. day. long. a locked cabinet seemed like the best place for sweet treats to hide. at least until a movie night or sleepover gives us a reason to indulge with friends.

so obviously (after returning from the retreat) i ran to ikea to purchase one of their lockers and then stopped at costco to stock up on goodies. have you ever shopped at costco solely for snacks and sweets? it was too much fun and really hard to not buy all the things.

raid-the-pantry-8just as i imagined the kids about died when i introduced them to “raid the pantry”. we’ve been gone so much on the weekends lately that it’s only been opened up for the kids a couple times in the last month, but it was a big hit with friends and also comes in handy when i need to throw a bribe in my purse (just in case). also there may or may not be any of those peanut butter m&m’s left. not that i had anything to do with that… ahem.

so, what do you think? would your kids love it?

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

8 Responses to raid the pantry.

  1. Erica June 4, 2014 at #

    We snack attack all day long. Always have. Always will. We are grazers to the core. Love this!! Where can I purchase the wire bins?

    • rae June 8, 2014 at #

      hey erica! bought the bins at a craft store forever ago, but found some cute ones on amazon when i searched for wire baskets! Xx

  2. sara June 4, 2014 at #

    love this and your blog. i’d love more details on what you stocked the locker with?

    • rae June 8, 2014 at #

      hi sara! i grabbed a smaller variety so we can swap out with different things as we runout instead of always having the same. this time the pantry was stocked with apple sauce pouches, trail mix, peanut butter M&M’s (i think i’ll get something that’s individually packaged next time), variety box of those bunny crackers (cheese, chocolate and graham crackers), izze sparkling juice, bottled water and fruit snacks. i’m always surprised how much kids appreciate fresh food too (especially my oldest and his friends) so if i have the time and energy on a pantry night i’ll try and make something involving meat, cheese and fruit. hope that helps! Xo

  3. Brooke June 17, 2014 at #

    Rae! Your HOORAY print is off the hook adorable! Absolutely, completely, ADORABLE. Any chance you would sell it as a printable? Without a doubt I would be first in line to purchase! Love your work! xoxo

    • rae June 17, 2014 at #

      hey brooke – i’ve been contemplating adding a little shop to my site, but haven’t decided… how about you email me the size you want and i’ll send over a printable file of the poster? thanks for the encouragement! (rae at raeannkelly dot com) xx


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